Feng Shui for Rat Year


Create good luck in 2020 Rat year with good feng shui! Feng shui is part of Chinese medicine whereby health can be restored and maintained in a calm, peaceful environment. 

In feng shui, the element Metal is represented by the clean, pristine environment. If there ever was a time to reduce clutter, it’s now. Rat year is an excellent time to organize and clean up, especially organize and clean up your finances. There is always a focus on money in a Rat year.

The bedroom correlates to the Element Metal. Metal is a yin element, and the bedroom is a yin room for quiet, rest, and sleep. Make your bedroom a healing sanctuary. Rats are nocturnal animals, and those born during Rat year, month, day, or hour can have a predisposition for insomnia. The hours of the Rat are 11 pm – 1 am.

The lucky charm for Rat year is an Ox charm, the full body not just the head. Do not wear an Ox charm if you were born in Sheep year because Ox is opposite Sheep.



Stop mess before it builds by creating the habit of tidying up before you leave your home or office. Then a peaceful environment awaits you when you return. Especially at your place of work, it’s not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. 

Where to start to bring in luck for 2020? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the new year. Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby — whatever the entry is where you live.

Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and paint touch-ups on scuff marks.. Add an entry rug if you don’t have one. If you do, replace it if it’s worn out its welcome.

For a business, make sure that your entry is clean and inviting, and that there is good signage with clear address numbers. A business must be easy to find, and attractive to enter. One third of business success is good feng shui at the entrance.



What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone to make the room inviting to enter.

Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of mess. Stay tidy, especially during this element Earth year when it’s easy to get bogged down in clutter and just too much stuff.



One style of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, called ba-gua in Chinese.

Focus on the Wealth corner in Rat year to create an abundance of money. This corner is located in the far left-hand corner from the entry. Every room of your home and office has a Wealth corner to focus on during this Rat year.



Paint colors correlate to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:

FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element Fire is represented by the heart. The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best with accents of the bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, orange, and all shades of red. Bright accents stimulate conversation and activity. Strong FIRE brings passion, energy, and creativity. 

EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red paint in a dining area is too stimulating and people eat too fast. Strong EARTH brings stability. balance, and patience.

METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in a child’s room, because it’s too yang and not restful. Strong METAL brings logic, clarity, and intelligence.

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WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys, and therefore correlates to the bathroom. Paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. Light blue is fine. Strong WATER brings wisdom and serenity.

WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room. Strong WOOD brings growth, enthusiasm, and enthusiasm. 

The energy of any room can be transformed by adding a coat of fresh paint. If all rooms of your home have white or ivory walls, all white is too much of the element Metal that can lead to arguing. So paint one room with color. (Or add a backsplash of color on one wall, or trim a room with color.) Don’t know which room to paint? Paint the room that’s in the most need of sprucing up.



In a feng shui system of flying stars, every year the stars change location. I know this system but don’t use it because each year a direction indicates an unfortunate place, meaning unfortunate for events such as a robbery. If you have concerns about a direction being unlucky, then be sure that area is clean, made conscious, and nicely decorated! If you fear robbery, install a security system or rescue a dog.




It can be fortunate to add plants, flowers, and healthy bamboo to your home and workplace to increase abundance. The energy of a room is brightened by the addition of flowers and plants. And plants offer fresh oxygen.

Indoors or out, it’s best to have plants that stay evergreen all year, and that do not lose their leaves in any season.

Lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Also favored are colorful tulips and roses. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing (influence of the rose’s thorns.) Avoid thorny plants like cacti. Plants with round and soft leaves are better.

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